What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual direction is a practice that dates back centuries. At its core, spiritual direction is about helping people to connect with their innermost selves and to grow in their relationship with the divine. Spiritual directors or companions may come from a variety of backgrounds, but all share a deep commitment to accompanying others on their spiritual journey.
Spiritual Direction provides a welcoming space where you can slow down and reflect on your thoughts and feelings with a spiritual companion. If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut or just need some clarity, Spiritual Direction may be for you.
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Spiritual Direction may be right for you if you’re thinking or feeling any of the following:
I’VE HIT A SPIRITUAL PLATEAU.
WHAT IS GOD ASKING OF ME?
I WANT TO LEARN NEW WAYS OF PRAYING OR GROWING CLOSER TO GOD.
I FEEL LIKE THE CHURCH AND/OR ITS LEADERSHIP HAS ROBBED ME OF MY FAITH.
I’M DRAWN TO OTHER SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS BUT I’M CATHOLIC/CHRISTIAN. IS THAT OK?
I'M DISCERNING MY VOCATION AND NEED HELP.
I LOVE TALKING ABOUT SPIRITUALITY, BUT I DON’T HAVE ANYONE TO TALK TO.
I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR PRAYER OR MEDITATION, I’M JUST SO BUSY.
I FEEL LIKE GOD HAS ABANDONED ME AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.
I DID NOT GROW UP WITH A SPIRITUAL TRADITION AND I WANT TO EXPLORE WHAT I BELIEVE.
I HAVE BEEN HAVING STRANGE DREAMS AND MY INTUITION TELLS ME THEY MEAN SOMETHING.
I AM CONSIDERING A CAREER CHANGE BUT I'M NOT SURE WHAT I'M BEING CALLED TO.
Dr. Patty Jiménez
In Spiritual Direction you can develop your own receta (recipe) for your spirituality!
My Franciscan Spirituality
As a spiritual director I provide spiritual and communal posada (hospitality) during someone’s spiritual journey.
Bilingual U.S. Latina
I am bilingual and specialize in a U.S. Latina experience but serve a diversity of people. As a Generation 1.5 Latina (born in Mexico and immigrated as child), I understand the complexities of migration, its traumas and gifts of resilience and adaptability.
I utilize an intuitive approach, listening to my gut and the movement of the Spirit.
My formation and experience in intercultural theology and ministry shaped my values in seeing the dignity of all people. I have experience working with and for a diversity of Latinas and people of varied generations, ethnicities, and races.
Our spirituality is unique and not exactly like our abuelitas. Each person has their own unique spiritual receta (recipe).
I consider it a privilege to listen to the way the Divine shows up for my directees.
By listening to you, my understanding of God expands and my own spirituality is enriched.
Dr. Patty Jiménez
Frequently Asked Questions
I have a certificate in Franciscan Spiritual Direction from the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Marylhurst, OR. I trained for two years. I also participate in continued supervision and regular gatherings with my peers which allows me to continue to grow and seek consultation and wisdom. I am a member of Spiritual Directors International. I am also certified in Emotional Freedom Technique, am training as an Integrative Wellness Coach, and am continually forming myself in various modalities. I count on a strong pastoral and theological training with an MA in Ministry for a Multicultural Church, an MA in Theological Studies and a Doctorate in Ministry. I bring over 25 years of pastoral experience and mentorship.
A directee is what we call anyone receiving spiritual direction from a spiritual director/companion.
Individual Spiritual Direction is offered via a one-on-one session. The full session is dedicated to you as I listen, accompany, and gently prompt you in your exploration of your spirituality and relationship with God/the Divine.
Group spiritual direction is a communal experience where four or more meet and everyone shares and listens to each other’s sacred stories. Group spiritual direction is a great option for those who may not be able to afford an individual session or want to explore spiritual direction in a group setting. You can join a monthly group and make new spiritual friends, or you can decide to bring together a group of your own friends for group spiritual direction. A Friends Group requires a minimum of 4 directees (participants). Friends can come from a variety of cultural, faith, or spiritual backgrounds.
I am bilingual and offer spiritual direction in the language of your preference – English, Spanish or Spanglish.
Soy bilingue y las sesiones se ofrecen en su idioma de preferencia- Inglés, Español, o en Spanglish.
In an individual session we will begin with prayer or silence based on your preference. During our first session I may ask more questions than usual as I get to know you and your spirituality. You determine the pace as the hour belongs to you. You can share about your spiritual life, faith, or experiences. I may repeat a word, phrase or ask clarifying questions to get you to say more about what you shared. I do not come in with a set agenda but allow the spirit to guide you where you wish to go.
Group spiritual direction counts on a different format with everyone sharing and participating. I facilitate the sharing. We count on a shared wisdom approach to enrich your spiritual life. We can determine what we want to focus on as a group and each directee will have a dedicated amount of time spent on their spirituality.
I offer a limited number of sliding scale payment options. We can discuss this at your inquiry call. You may also want to consider group spiritual direction or asking family or friends to gift you spiritual direction sessions. I also offer sessions in packages to get a 5-20% discount.
If you are a student and your institution, seminary, or university offers stipends for spiritual direction, I will work with your allotted stipend amount.
I hold everything shared in spiritual direction in confidence unless I am mandated by law such as abuse of children, the elderly, or self-harm. I do not keep notes from our sessions. I adhere to the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct from Spiritual Directors International. At our initial session we will review these Guidelines. I will never disclose to anyone that you are my directee. You are free to share with others that you have a spiritual director and that I am your director. Referrals are always welcome!
In group spiritual direction, directees are asked to maintain confidentiality of all that is shared within a group. We will review this in the agreement.
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Dr. Jiménez and You
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Make New Spiritual Friends
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